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21. Feb, 2006 12:25 (HKT)

Shipping today: Ibara (Game & OST), Disgaea: Hour of Darkness 2 (PS2™), Baten Kaitos II (NGC™), Sangokushi DS, Biohazard 2 PC, Radilgy OST, Mario Kart DS Gashapon & LOTS more


Developed by the makers of such popular shoot'em up franchises as Do Don Pachi Daioujou DV, Espgaluda and Mushihimesama comes another excellent masterpiece, once again ported to PlayStation2™ by Taito.

Ibara is set during the industrial revolution in the 19th century in the Northern European country called "Edelweiss". At a time when steam machinery is very advanced, the small country is subject to sudden violent attacks. The person behind it all is the head of the "Royal Mechanical Artificial Limb Research Laboratory", Dr. Teresa Rose. Dr. Rose leads her five daughters to destroy utterly many towns and cities with highly advance weaponry. In order to stop them, as a member of the Royal Special Forces, you have to pilot a secretly developed "armed plane" and fight for the safety of your country.


The home console port contains various arrangements compared to the Arcade original. The following five menus have been prepared for the PlayStation2™ port of this shooter:

ARCADE
This mode has been ported straight from the arcade. 2-player participation is possible during each level. Six stages are prepared to be battled through. Two different main weapons can be equipped, along with seven kinds of options.

ARRANGE
This is an arranged game mode especially designed for the PlayStation2™ port with the following arrangements:

  • A power shot can be carried out when the shot button is not used for some time. The plane speed can be adjusted freely.
  • Option weapons can be changed in real time.
  • Formation change of an option can also be changed arbitrarily.
  • Rank gauge of difficulty is displayed during play.
  • No 2-player participation during play and continues will have to start from the beginning of a level.
PRACTICE
In this mode, you can select every stage and boss individually to improve your skills:

  • Select from stage/boss start point
  • Rank gauge of difficulty is displayed during play.
  • No 2-player participation during play and continues will have to start from the beginning of a level.
RANKING
Review your rank & scores.

GALLERY
Contains illustrations and more

Developed by Cave and ported by Taito, Ibara is in stock today shipping at US$ 64.90 only.



Right on time for release of the PlayStation2™ port, Cave is honoring the series with their fourth video game soundtrack release. The album contains a total of 20 tracks, including BGM from the game as well as 3 unique arrange tracks. A special vocal track combines vocal themes that can be heard thoughout the game. Every copy of the soundtrack ships including a Teresa Rose figure - the main character of the game.

The soundtrack is limited in supply and only available through Cave's online store in Japan. Play-Asia.com makes international orders possible. Without doubt not to be missed by any fan of Cave's impressive shooting game series.


The Ibara Original Sound Track [Limited Edition w/ Figure] is shipping now at US$ 44.90 only. A $5 off discount exists for combo purchase with the previously released Mushihimesama Original Sound Track [Limited Edition w/ Figure].



From the publisher: This production is said to be history's harshest, with its contents unusually full of replayable elements and characters with unique charms. This is a very popular simulation RPG you cannot tear yourself away from! The plot structure is similar to its predecessor, with a border village in the demon world as the starting point. Another adventure in fantasy realms with all new characters thus begins...

The combat system has the predecessor's "surround attack" and "joint attack", with the new additions of offence-defence combo "tower attack", "judgment system" that will bully the opponents, "dark senate" senators who can be bought and "mobile phone" system which allows one to call for backup and deliveries.


Nippon Ichi's Disgaea: Hour of Darkness 2 for PlayStation2™ is shipping today as Regular Edition (US$ 64.90) and Limited Edition (US$ 89.90). The Limited Edition contains a double disc sountrack album (40 tracks) and a 48 pages art book bundled together with a copy of the game in a special box set.



Baten Kaitos II takes place 20 years prior to the events of Baten Kaitos. The main character, Sagi, works for the Alfard Empire and is in an elite unit under Emperor Olgan. He is joined by Milly, who also works in the elite under, and Giro, a 'machina will', mechinized puppets that are built to assist members of the Empire's army They are ordered to go examine mysterious events that have been occurring around the continent. During the start of the game, the group will be given an assingment to kill Emperor Olgan by an unknown client. Before the two have a chance to kill the Emperor, Olgan is killed and Baelheit takes power, with his spirit-guide second-in-command Nero. Sagi and Giro are then forced to flee Mintaka.

Since the game is a prequel, many characters that appear in Baten Kaitos will also appear in Baten Kaitos II. Geldoblame is 25, Gibari is 14, Ladekahn is 12, Savyna is 5, and Kalas will soon be born. Other characters that are confirmed to be in the game include Anna, the barkeeper from Nashira who is 9 in Baten Kaitos II, and Paololo II, father of Paololo III.


Namco's Gamecube™ RPG Baten Kaitos II is shipping today at US$ 64.90. The Baten Kaitos II Original Soundtrack album (3 discs) is on preorder to ship March 24th at US$ 34.90. Also still available is the predecessor Baten Kaitos and the Baten Kaitos ~Eternal Wings and The Lost Ocean~ Original Soundtrack.



Further new video game releases shipping today:

PlayStation2™:
ClannadJPN US$ 64.90 sold
Rule of Rose (Chinese Version)ASIA US$ 54.90 sold
Samurai ChamplooJPN US$ 64.90 sold
Sega Ages Vol. 22: Advanced Daisenryaku: Deutch Dengeki SakusenJPN US$ 28.90 1w


Sony PSP™:
Gamble Con FightASIA US$ 49.90 1-5d
Initial D Street StageJPN US$ 52.90 sold
Mobile Train Simulator Keisei, Metropolitan Asakusa, and Keikyu LinesASIA US$ 49.90 sold
Monster Kingdom: Jewel SummonerASIA US$ 49.90 sold
Namco Museum Vol.2ASIA US$ 39.90 sold


Others:
Biohazard 2 PCJPN US$ 24.90 sold
Sangokushi DSJPN US$ 48.90 sold




New Video game soundtrack related releases:

[eM] -eNCHANT arM- Original SoundtrackJPN US$ 28.90 sold
Chiharu Matsuyama Collection 1999 - Mouhitori no GalileoJPN US$ 49.90 5-15d
Ibara Original Sound Track [Limited Edition w/ Figure]JPN US$ 44.90 sold
Lost And Found - Shadow The Hedgehog Vocal TracksJPN US$ 19.90 5-15d
Radilgy / Radirgy / Rajirugi Original SoundtrackJPN US$ 19.90 sold
Sengoku Muso 2 Original SoundtrackJPN US$ 30.90 sold




A number of new toys in stock today:

Shin Sangoku Musou 4 Arms Encyclopedia Vol.1 US$ 6.90 sold
Mon-Sieur Bome Collection Vol.3 Oni-Musume She-Devil Version 2 US$ 42.90 sold
Pocket Monsters Advance Generations Super DX Vol. 2 Plush Doll: Type A - Pikachu US$ 18.90 sold
Pocket Monsters Advance Generations Super DX Vol. 2 Plush Doll: Type B US$ 18.90 sold
Pocket Monsters Advance Generations Plush Doll Knit Style: Type A US$ 12.90 sold
Pocket Monsters Advance Generations Plush Doll Knit Style: Type B US$ 12.90 sold
Pocket Monsters Advance Generations Plush Doll Knit Style: Type C US$ 12.90 sold
Pocket Monsters Advance Generations Plush Doll Knit Style: Type D US$ 12.90 sold
Pocket Monsters Advance Generations Plush Doll Knit Style: Type E US$ 12.90 sold




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